Shark Week in Micronesia: A Vacation not Cut from the Same Ol’ Cloth
By Kathy Chin Leong
Bored with the same old, same old? Next time your kids whine about being bored, book them on a flight to Micronesia and sign them up to dive with the sharks. I’m not kidding.
The Micronesian Shark Foundation is holding its sixth annual shark week at the Fish n Fins dive shop in the town of Palau, March 27 and April 3. Okay, so you have to pull your kids out of school for a week. Read on.
The foundation is a non-profit organization designed to research and monitor shark activity in Paulau anad collect scientific shark data. And, between February and april, its turns out that hundreds of grey reef sharkes move to the water of Palau for mating.
And now, here’s the cool thing: for $1150 per person, you get five days of shark diving, lunches, hotel accommodtions, shark seminars at night, a DVD of the week’s events. And, so that your friends know you and your kids actually did what you said you did, each registrant gets a Shark Week 2008 t-shirt. There is no age limit as to who can dive. Kids as young as 11 and 12 have taken the sharky plunge beneath the waters. Don’t forget that airfare from San Francisco costs about $2,000 per person.
This year, the main speakers include Rob Stewart, the creator of the Sharkwater documentary from Canada, Dr. Mark Meekan of the Austrilian Institute of Marine Science, and Captain Will Marhoffer from the U.S. Coastguard.
This will be a different kind of science camp, for sure!
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